Federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) today said its component parties will never work with Umno, the main party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
DAPSY chief Anthony Loke said that both the DAP and PAS will never co-operate with Umno.
“But MCA president (Datuk Seri Dr) Chua Soi Lek said DAP will work together with Umno to replace MCA in BN,” Loke told reporters after a PR secretariat meeting.
“DAP will also not work with Umno,” he said.
He said the actual co-operation was between the DAP, PAS and PKR in the opposition pact, saying that none of them wants anything to do with Umno.
He said Umno “thinks it is irreplaceable and everyone wants to work together with it.”
PAS Treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli had earlier in the press conference said, “We (PAS) don’t see how we can cooperate with Umno”, adding that Umno plays with “racial and anti-religious issues.”
Two weeks ago, influential former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that PAS could realise its goal to set up an Islamic state and enforce hudud if it joined Umno, in a bid to woo the Islamist party to BN’s side.
His remarks came in the wake of a recent controversy after religious conservatives, including the state muftis of Pahang and Perak, dubbed the DAP “kafir harbi”, or belligerent infidels, for its consistent opposition to hudud, dragging PAS and PKR into a heated debate.
The controversy prompted PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang to rise to its ally’s defence, pointing out that while the DAP opposed hudud, Umno had already rejected its implementation.
Hudud and the Islamic state were two issues that tore asunder the fledgling Barisan Alternatif — the precursor to the present-day PR — following Election 1999, when DAP and PAS went their separate ways after failing to reach a compromise.
The BN-friendly media has been highlighting the disparate stances of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners DAP and PAS on the emotive issues: the former opposes the Islamic state and penal code that the latter aspires to realise.
But the focus on these issues has also put the spotlight on the mixed messages sent by BN. Umno has often courted PAS by offering to help it realise its Islamic state aim, while MCA openly rejects hudud and any form of Islamic rule.
Umno “thinks it is irreplaceable and everyone wants to work together with it.”
How arrogant! Let's kick these clowns out and teach them a lesson in humility.
PAS and DAP will only work with the Rakyat of Malaysia for the betterment of the people